, for example, an oakland, california, company that received $1.6 billion in energy department loan guarantees. e-mails specifically refer to vice president joe biden's involvement in the $1.6 billion grant. it's for the proposed ivan power solar power project in the desert in southern california. an e-mail from bright source energy's subcontractor, bechtel systems and infrastructure, dated december 2, 2009, said that biden met weekly with energy secretary steven chu to discuss the energy department loan guarantees. bernard tune who was biden's chief of staff when he was a senator in the senate was a principal vice president and manager for bechtel. in an e-mail to bright source ceo john woolard dated december 3, 2009, tune wrote, quote: calls are in to biden's staff, and i will be approaching the political affairs office at the white house tomorrow as well. as this prompt could benefit -- project could benefit two democratic senators who are in cycle and whose races already tough next year, barbara boxer of california and majority leader senator reid from nevada. both won re-election in 2010.